Learn 2D animation essentials

A fun, hands-on 2D animation short course for beginners

Learn from professional animators who worked on classics like Klaus, Rick & Morty, Pokemon Sun & Moon, Pocahontas, and Road to El Dorado! Discover industry secrets used to create the whimsical characters you grew up watching, and create your own animations from scratch.

Why study 2D animation at CG Spectrum:
  • CG Spectrum is a Toon Boom Authorized Training Centre
  • Learn to animate even without prior knowledge
  • Be mentored by a world-class animator
  • Choose 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)


Bring your stories to life with CG Spectrum online 2D animation school! In just 3 months, this beginners course will equip you with a solid foundation in 2D animation. You'll dive right into the 12 Principals of Animation and the many features of Toon Boom Harmony.

This short course is the best way to get started in the world of 2D. The curriculum is exactly the same as term 1 of the 2D Animation Course, so if you want to continue after completing your certificate, you'll already be a third of the way through the diploma course!

Industry Qualification


Study duration

3 months


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer and drawing skills


Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Toon Boom Harmony

Start date

Jan 10, 2022

Why study with us

Learn 2D animation from industry pros who have worked on classic feature films

Whether straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, our specialized expert-led 2D programs help you build practical job skills that serve throughout your career

Industry Mentors

Learn from experts who have worked on major feature films

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical and relevant job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner with flexible payments


An industry-approved curriculum to get you started in the world of 2D animation

Term 1: 12 weeks
Fundamentals of 2D Animation

Starting with the 12 Principles of Animation, you'll learn 2D animation fundamentals and begin putting them into practice with your first 2D pieces: the bouncing ball, flour sack jump and a walk cycle.

You'll discover how to add personality and emotion to your work while creating the illusion of three-dimensional space; learn key features of Toon Boom; and get familiar with drawing tools, posing, timing, spacing, the timeline and X-sheet. 

*This short course is the same as the term one of the full 2D Animation Course, so you'll be a third of the way through the diploma course if you choose to continue your journey!

  • How to make your own 2D animations from scratch
  • Use Toon Boom Harmony software
  • Apply the 12 Principles of Animation
  • Set up efficient workflows
  1. 2D Animation Introduction and Overview
  2. Bouncing Ball Animation Exercise
  3. Adding a Tail to the Bouncing Ball
  4. Drawing Fundamentals
  5. Flour Sack Animation 01
  6. Flour Sack Animation 02
  7. Flour Sack Animation 03
  8. Animating a Walk 01
  9. Animating a Walk 02
  10. Animating a Walk 03
  11. Animating a Simple Character Take
  12. Animating a Complex Character Take

Got questions? We've got answers.

Learn more about the prerequisites for this course and the animation careers you could explore in the future. For general questions about studying at CG Spectrum, visit the main FAQ page or contact us.


For this 2D animation course, you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).


A student licence of Toon Boom will be provided for the length of the course.


You will need a computer that meets the minimum system requirements for Toon Boom

Studying 2D animation can open up a variety of career paths in the entertainment industry. 

This short 2D animation course will get started on your journey, but in a competitive industry, continuing your studies with the full 2D animation study pathway (2D Animation Course and Advanced 2D Animation Course) will better prepare you for a job in the industry and help increase your employment opportunities.

The advanced course covers more complex techniques and includes an entire term dedicated to career development and portfolio preparation to get you industry-ready.

Some of the junior 2D animator jobs you could pursue after completing the full study pathway include:

Discover more about these 2D animator jobs, tips, and salary expectations on our careers page:


Get direct access to professional artists

To be the best, it helps to learn from the best. All 2D animation classes are taught by industry mentors with years of experience working in feature films and TV.

Study Options

Small Class

The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.

  • Max. 4 students per course
  • Affordable high-quality education
  • Network while you learn
Study Options

1-on-1 Private

Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.

  • Maximum level of mentor interaction
  • Greater flexibility to schedule classes
  • Customized learning experience


$1,185 USD

(3 x payments)

$1,485 USD

(3 x payments)

Need help deciding?

If you're unsure which course or class option is right for you, just fill out an enquiry form, let us know what's on your mind, and our student admissions team will be happy to help. We look forward to getting you started on your journey and welcoming you to the vibrant and supportive CG Spectrum community!

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High quality student work that speaks for itself

With a focus on portfolio preparation, we help students build their competitive edge with high quality work that gets noticed. See what they are creating.

Studios that hire our students

Our commitment to job-outcomes and focus on career development has helped graduates find work at studios all over the world.

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